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Monday, July 26, 2010

How to Piss Off Your Internet Marketing List Members

It's bad enough getting spammed with offers every 3 days, but one of the most insulting and lowest tactics used in an attempt to get people to open emails is to put something in the subject title like,
  • re: ORDER CONFIRMATION
  • A Paypal Payment Has Been Made
  • YOUR DELIVERY NOTIFICATION

Let's see, Charles Mutrie, Phil Mutrie, Matt Bacak, Gary Baker, you're all doing this. It's deceptive. It worsens the work field for the rest of us who really DO have something useful to share with readers. Put your talents to use, if you have them, and come up with a catchy email headline that's HONEST and COMPELLING.

What kinds of email subject headings are you getting that are deceptive, insulting and objectionable?


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Sam, I'm with you. If I get attacked by spam emails even by companies or products that I like its a real turnoff. I really appreciate those Online Marketing efforts that go out of their way to provide me with something useful in their email. A newsletter or a product that I might actually have interest in.

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I have used emails for over a decade. This is one of the best ways to communicate but like any other facility, it is subject to abuse and mis-use. Abuse has always been seen to come out situations where purpose of the facility is unclear. Email is with us for some time to come hence there is need for users to practice etiquette so that everyone using it enjoys doing so.

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These annoying emails do make it harder for us legit web marketers to get work. Just today I have: "notification: your account is blocked," and, "notification: your tax return has been denied." I do have to give credit to another I got today though: "$600 cash to fulfill your darkest fantasies." Hmm...

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I totally agree about this kind of tactic to open an e-mail being way too low. Aside from the usual 'you've won *insert huge amount*' or the 'we've received your online application' titles, these spams are now also pretending to be people you know, using titles such as 'long time no see' or anything similar. Internet marketing should be discreet, ethical and full of quality! There are other ways to market a campaign in the internet after all. We've been researching about ways to promote a campaign in the internet here in Indianapolis. SEO or search engine optimization is the most effective and popular way of marketing today, according to different surveys and feasibility studies.

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I have to agree with you on this one. Even if they do not email us, we will still buy their products if we think that we need their items.

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I've never received anything as low as the ones you listed.. most of them are just affiliate offers with a link in the message. They often make it sound like the person whom they are affiliate for, is their best bud, but I'm not sure how often this is true.

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Oh. Lots and lots of it like, "Confirm your subscription," You've just won a lotto draw," Be a true Christian," Hello I'm a woman of your dreams," Your prize is waiting to be claimed." They are really annoying. They always get into my nerves.

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